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What Happens When You Double Cleanse

Ever served a lovely casserole to your guests and ended up with dirty dishes veiled with a solid layer of olive oil? You’ve probably ran them under some water before loading up the dishwasher — to remove any extra oil and bits and pieces of food. Just to ensure things end up squeaky clean. A similar concept exists for skin, and it’s called pre-cleansing.

Pre-cleansing is when you wash your face with an oil-based cleanser before using your regular cleanser. You need a pre-cleanser to truly deep-clean skin—without compromising the delicate skin barrier. Only an oil-based solution can gently yet powerfully penetrate skin and clean out the excess sebum produced by your skin, the waterproof ingredients and oils from your skincare and cosmetics products as well as the dirt, grime and pollution you’ve accumulated throughout the day. Oil is potent enough to melt away the makeup and impurities, which then paves the way for following products.

When you pre-cleanse, your regular cream cleanser not only works more efficiently by easily dissolving the remainder of the impurities but also by infusing their beneficial ingredients into skin more deeply.

 

When and How to Pre-Cleanse

For the most part, you only need to pre-cleanse in the evening for two reasons. First, you have the most bacteria, dirt and oil on your skin before you sleep. Second, your skin needs to be at its cleanest at night since it’s when it works the hardest to repair itself. In fact, as you’re drifting in Dreamland, your skin’s natural antioxidant levels are higher than normal to combat the damage—and this process is most efficient when your skin isn’t congested.

 

Our Simple 2-Step Cleansing Routine

Luxe Botanics offers two botanically rich, purifying cleansers to ensure your skin is thoroughly cleansed—and remains as balanced and fresh as possible.

 

Step 1: On dry skin, massage the ultra-silky and velvety oil-based Marula Hydrating Pre Cleanser in circular motions to thoroughly remove dirt, excess oil, makeup, pollution and other impurities. Marula, jojoba and rosehip oils gently dissolve pore-clogging particulates and detoxify skin without disrupting the skin’s delicate natural lipid barrier. Rinse with comfortably warm water using either clean hands or a konjac sponge for extra-confident cleansing.

Your skin is now breathing easier and a lot more absorbable. It’s balanced, strong and hydrated.

 

Step 2: On still-damp skin, massage in Camu Brightening Cleanser, a lightweight cream cleanser that removes dirt, excess oil and other impurities to refresh and purify skin. High levels of vitamin C-rich Camu camu brightens and evens out skin tone while coconut oil, chamomile, cucumber and green tea work to calm and refine skin. 

Your skin is now fully sparkling clean, ready to drink up your serums and moisturisers, and stronger and healthier for sleeptime rejuvenation!

Trust us — pre-cleansing before the cleansing will completely transform the way your skin looks and feels. Start today with one caveat: resist the temptation to touch your petal-soft face all day!

 

Naturally yours,

The Luxe Botanics Team

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Facial Oils: Are You Using the Correct Percentage of Oleic and Linoleic Acids?

 

If your skin is dry, sensitive or doesn’t seem as lifted and smooth as it once was, there’s a good chance it’s lacking some essential components it needs to function at its best. The first thing people do is slather on a facial oil in hopes of re-attaining moisturized, youthfully resilient skin. But for true, lasting effectiveness that can be felt and touched, you must pay attention to the structural composition of the oil you use.

There are two unsung heroes when it comes to reviving and revitalizing dry, aging skin: oleic acid and linoleic acid. The two fatty acids, which are found in Marula oil, are extraordinary elements for mature and sensitive skin, but the secret to healing is in their percentages—and this is why not all oils are equal.

Let’s explore first the difference between the two:

 

OLEIC ACID

 You may’ve heard of omega-9 fatty acids and not oleic acid, but the two are the same thing: a fat that your body produces. (In fact, it’s even found in human sebum.) Olive oil is probably the most popular oil abundant in oleic acid, but there’s another oil that contains even more—and that’s marula.

Marula oil contains up to 78% oleic acid… but why does that matter when it comes to skin care?

Locks in Intense, Rich Moisture

Oleic acid is a godsend for dry, aging skin since it penetrates easily and deeply into the skin’s surface, replenishing lost moisture that naturally comes with age. It also helps the moisture from evaporating. Remember: Without oil, your skin becomes dry, meaning it becomes that much more vulnerable to fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and losing its bounciness. Oleic acid can restore this oil—without clogging pores.

Boasts Antioxidant Powers to Fight Off Wrinkles

Oleic acid comprises antioxidant compounds that help fight free radical damage caused by environmental aggressors like UV rays, the top trigger of premature aging.  By minimizing free radicals in skin, so too is the manifestation of wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, sagging and other unwanted features.

Promotes Healing and Repairing

As an anti-inflammatory substance that simulates wound healing, oleic acid can also help calm, balance and help repair skin, even those with damaged conditions like eczema, rosacea and psoriasis. Oleic acid also contains compounds that reinforce the integrity of cell membranes.

 

LINOLEIC ACID

 Linoleic acid, also known as omega-6, is not produced by our own bodies, but it plays also plays a role in healthy skin. It’s a fat that helps promote healthy cell activity.

Marula oil contains between 4-7% linoleic acid, sometimes even more. Like oleic acid, linoleic acid is anti-inflammatory and helps stimulate cell regeneration—but the major difference when it comes skin care? It’s not quite as penetrating and moisturizing as oleic acid.

 

WHAT’S THE PERFECT PERCENTAGE?

Together, oleic and linoleic acids deliver and lock in intense moisture into the layers of skin that need it most, while soothing, healing and protecting skin from harsh elements that expedite aging. But as with marula oil, oleic acid should be abundant in the oil you choose since it is richer (while being noncomedogenic) and works in harmony with the compromised structure of dry, aging skin.

On the flip side, if you use an oil with less oleic acid and more linoleic acid, it wouldn’t be able to penetrate and moisturize into deeper layers, which is vital for dry skin. Higher linoleic acid is often recommended for oilier skin types.

This is precisely why marula is the best facial oil for dry, sensitive or aging skin—and the heart of our Marula Hydrating Serum and Marula Hydrating Pre Cleanser.

What’s your experience with Marula oil? Show us on Instagram @luxebotanics

The Luxe Botanics Team

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